EA: Mirror's Edge, Dead Space Reach 1 Million Plateau
Although neither title performed as well as it should've, neither can be considered a sales flop.
According to ShackNews (recently purchased by GameFly, by the way), EA CFO Eric Brown confirmed some sales numbers for both Mirror's Edge and Dead Space. The two top-notch titles managed to sell more than 1 million copies in 2008, and that number includes all versions of the game. We're assuming these are worldwide statistics, although apparently, EA wasn't specific. The PC version of Mirror's Edge just recently launched in 2009, so any sales of that version aren't included in the 1 million estimate. As most of you know, we at PSXE are big fans of both games, and we figure they go a long way towards redeeming EA for a terrible 2007, in which PlayStation 3 owners were gnashing their teeth for bad 360-to-PS3 ports. EA was responsible for some of those - and let's not forget the Madden NFL 08 30fps in the PS3 version fiasco - so the publisher wasn't on good terms with owners of Sony's console. But these two titles have restored a lot of faith and as far as we're concerned, both should've sold better.
As for sequels to either, we don't know if EA has plans to make a Mirror's Edge 2 or Dead Space 2, but CEO John Riccitiello said "games with a 2 on them sell better" and the R&D costs are lower. Yep, sequels do quite well...especially when the original title was damn good.
2/4/2009 Ben Dutka